HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Studies in the Psalms: Essays in Honor of D. Phillip Roberts
Author: Daniel W. Petty, Editor
Publisher: Florida College Bookstore, 2007
Related website: http://bookstore.floridacollege.edu/store/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Petty, Daniel W., Editor. Studies in the Psalms: Essays in Honor of D. Phillip Roberts (published in 2007 by Florida College Bookstore, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617). Donald Phillip Roberts was born in 1947 at Chattanooga, TN, to Don and Hillery Roberts. After starting school in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduating from high school in Franklin, TN, near Nashville, he received further education at Florida College, the University of South Florida, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Westminster Seminary. In 1978, he took a position on the Florida College Bible faculty where he taught until his death from cancer in 2005. In addition, he preached regularly for congregations in Plano, IL, and Cortez and Thonotosassa, FL. Unfortunately, I was too young to have been in college with Phil and too old to have been a student of his. However, I heard him speak on several occasions at the annual Florida College lectures. One of his favorite subjects for both teaching and preaching was the Psalms. Therefore, it is fitting that this festschrift to honor Phil and his work center on the Psalms.
After an introduction by Phil’s brother Hill Roberts and a preface by editor Dan Petty, both of whom were fellow students with me at Florida College in the early to mid 1970s, the book is divided into two sections. Part One is “Special Studies in the Psalms,” and Part Two consists of “Essays on Select Psalms.” Some of the authors are former professors of mine and colleagues of Phil’s at Florida College, such as Melvin Curry, Ferrell Jenkins, Bob Owen, and Jim Hodges (now deceased). Others were fellow students with me at Florida College, including Curtis Pope, David West, and Ralph Walker. Still others are within my realm of friends and acquaintances, like Steve Wolfgang, Shane Scott, Tom Hamilton, David McClister, Tommy Peeler, Ray Madrigal, Marty Pickup (now deceased), Thaxter Dickey, Dee Bowman, Colly Caldswll, Gary Fisher, and Doy Moyer. I do not personally know Jeff Wilson, David Madrigal, or Mike Wilson. The book is an excellent complement to a study of the Psalms, and I found Tom Hamilton’s comments on the Imprecatory Psalms especially interesting and helpful. There is an appendix which contains personal expressions of love and admiration for Phil by many of the authors.